Volunteer with MDS

MDS is a volunteer network—we couldn’t do it without the dedicated service of thousands of volunteers. Here are the different ways you can volunteer with MDS.

In Canada

Since Canada experiences fewer disasters than the U.S., there usually isn’t the same need for large number of volunteers in this country. Periodically, however, local units will respond to disasters in their region/province—rebuilding or repairing several homes, or just one. This is an excellent opportunity for people who have a few days, a week or more to volunteer closer to home. For more information on volunteer opportunities in Canada, contact the MDS Canada office at 204-261-1274, 1-866-261-1274
 or mdscanada@mds.mennonite.net.

Other volunteer opportunities

Weekly Volunteers serve on an MDS project for 1-3 weeks, and participate in the construction duties on the project. Weekly Volunteers come in groups or as individuals. Visit our online calendar to view weekly volunteer opportunities and to indicate your interest in serving with MDS.

Leadership Volunteers are responsible for the day to day operations of an MDS project. They work together with local community partners and homeowners, organize the work for the weekly volunteers, and ensure that all volunteers are well fed and cared for throughout their time on the project. Leadership Volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more, and must go through the Leadership application process, including an interview and references. Examples of Leadership Volunteers include Project Directors, Construction Supervisors, Crew Leaders, Office Managers, and Cooks. Click here to see our our current Leadership Volunteer needs.

Long-Term Volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more (not in a leadership role), and must go through the Long-Term Volunteer application process, including an interview and references. Click here to see an overview of the application process and to contact a Volunteer Coordinator.

RV Volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more in a volunteer opportunity for 55+ adults who want to help cleanup, repair and rebuild after disaster and have fun doing it. You bring your RV and provide your own food, and MDS provides an RV site and meaningful work.  MDS RV projects are smaller in scale – usually 4-6 RV’s to a project for four weeks or more. The RV volunteers work four, six-hour days per week and have time to enjoy the area in their off time. Click here to see our our current RV Volunteer needs.